dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear ruby with perfect off white head and great retention. Aroma is ctira hop gooseberry and lychee, brown sugar, hint of fresh raisin. Taste is much more toasty than the aroma, nice interplay of caramel and berry notes. Body is full, rich, average carbonation, big mouthfeel, clean berry finish. Overall, probably my favorite beer from Anchor.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured an ideal, deep, hazy brown with a thin tan head. Nutty, malted sweet, a hint of toastiness. Hardly any hop flavor, low bitterness. Mostly big malt flavor that really wrapped around the palate. Cocoa powder, buttery caramel, and a slight roast.
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours very pretty. Drank a little warm, got big brain on it. slightly tan head. smell is pretty weak. little bit of dark malt and tiny hop smell, maybe some sweaty sock. mouthfeel is pretty good. lively enough.. little bit creamy in a guiness sort of way. taste is pretty good. brown sugar center. aftertast of some malt extract and hop. This is probably going to taste like water when it’s cold. I’m not a brown ale guy what can i say, but this is much better than say, a newcastle. Still would drink sierra tumbler over this one. Nite
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light brownish red with small off white head. Nose is buttery and lightly hoppy. Sort of reminds me of one of the Maine Brewers Co. beers I had a couple summers ago in Portland. That buttery hoppiness combined with some rich caramel malts. This could be a good brew if the butter was a little less prominent. Malty, earthy, butter is less prominent in the flavor. Lightly bitter, peanut roast finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a clear, deep brown, amber tinted body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel and raisin malts with a good amount of citrus. Some bread, cocoa, fruity esters, and toasty nuts. Flavor is similar. Thinner caramels with some bready, nutty malts up front. A touch of toast and some chocolate before the citrusy notes come in. Some raisin dark fruits towards the end before this finishes dry with a light roast, caramel, nuts, and citrus with a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting brown ale. The malts are really soft and nice, but I’m not the biggest fan of the Citra hopping on this. Seems like a bit of a clash. Despite that, this was well balanced and unique. Not bad.
emacgee (4549) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper orange with one finger of yellowish tan head. Nose is super buttery, diacetyl bomb. This is totally compounded by the Citra unfortunately. Lots of caramel and some raisiny notes. Very candylike. Flavor is the same, butter and caramel-y malt notes. Light herbal character. Soft carbonation and medium body.
tommann (3187) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pours a dark caramel brown with a large head. Aroma is raisin malt with some banana yeast. Taste is raisin malt throughout, a little grass. A tad fizzy.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light beige head. Aroma is sweet light roast, light cocoa, a touch of caramel. Flavor the same, very sweet cocoa and roast, almost no bitterness. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Decent
wlajwl (5376) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a mix of hops and malts. The flavor is similar to the aroma, being very balanced between citrus hops and bready malts. A very balanced brown ale, pretty good all around.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, slight toasting, and bread. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a large, creamy, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Ok lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, nuts, slight ripe fruit, and slight oxidation. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, nut, slight dark ripe fruit finish is lightly sweet and slightly bitter.